Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores and blog
The Parramatta Eels take on South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 16 June. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
Chasing five straight wins when they took on the Bulldogs last start, Souths succumbed after establishing an early 12-0 lead. While the Dogs are formidable opponents, Souths’ coach Michael Macguire will want to see more steel from his charges in the run to the finals.
Parramatta too is coming off a week’s break. They put their disappointing season behind them last start, defeating Cronulla 29-20. When the Eels fell behind 20-6 at half time the knives were coming out of the top drawer for coach Stephen Kearney. His team however lifted in the second half to keep the Sharks scoreless, while Jarryd Hayne steered his team to only their second victory of the season. The Parramatta faithful look to have a glimmer of hope.
Parramatta has named an unchanged 17 from the team that overcame the Sharks, though Taulima Tautai has been added to the squad. Willie Tonga (due back in coming weeks) and Casey McGuire (out for the season) are their major injury absentees.
Souths have named a provisional squad of 19. Sam Burgess was not considered after sustaining a knee injury against the Dogs, while Matt King (hernia) and Eddy Pettybourne (calf) remain unavailable for selection. Utility Chris Macqueen has been named to start in Burgess’ place while Scott Geddes also comes into the starting 13 with Dave Tyrrell moving back to the bench.
The Origin players from the respective clubs are expected to back up tonight. Hayne is due back for the Eels after sparking what turned out to be the match-winning try for NSW on Wednesday. Greg Inglis and accident-prone Dave Taylor should return for the Bunnies, though the latter’s appearance is subject to tripping over his cat.
All eyes will be on Parramatta’s Chris Sandow playing against his old club for the first time. He has found himself playing for Wentworthville Magpies at various times this year after his off-season move and will be desperate for a strong showing against his former teammates.
Prediction: Rabbitohs by 4
Will the Rabbitohs cast aside mid-season complacency to put away the bottom-placed side or can the Eels beat another top eight team and extend their one game winning streak to two?
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